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2003 Stories by Dave Herrera

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  • Critic's Choice

    published August 21, 2003

    These days, singer/songwriter types are a dime a dozen. There's no shortage of one-dimensional, heartbreak-soaked troubadours saturating the sonic... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published August 21, 2003

    It's after 10 p.m. on a Thursday -- a school night for most folks -- and Herman's Hideaway is packed with nearly 500 people being worked into a... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published August 14, 2003

    Several weeks ago, I received a panicked message from a frustrated musician looking to tell his story. "This producer we've been working with has... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published August 7, 2003

    Lloyd Dobler, the protagonist of the film Say Anything, was a prophet of biblical proportions. "I don't want to buy anything sold, bought... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published July 31, 2003

    Paul Trinidad says he's been acting as if nothing is going on; it's business as usual. But the staccato bursts of caged enthusiasm in his... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published July 24, 2003

    Natalie Beal, the petite, soft-spoken program manager at the Spot, is not a fan of the misogynistic overtones prevalent in modern hip-hop.... More >>

  • Something Underground

    published July 24, 2003

    Every new disc I come across is like a blind date. I never know what to expect. Sometimes I'm taken by surprise and become excited by the chase --... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published July 17, 2003

    Al Kraizer thinks he's misunderstood. The common misconception, he tells me, is that Performance International, the non-profit that... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published July 10, 2003

    The cautiously optimistic look on Kevin Geraghty's face as he surveyed the sparse but bedazzled crowd last Saturday night was telling: Over... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published July 3, 2003

    I'm sitting across the table from Wendy Woo, Bob Rupp and a handful of other folks at the Goosetown Tavern after the Westword Music... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published June 26, 2003

    If the project Theo Smith is working on right now pans out, his dreams will murder his reality. But from the nonchalant way he talks, he's... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published June 19, 2003

    I had a ritual as a kid. Every Thursday, I'd pick up a Westword and sit in the corner booth at Rosa Linda's Mexican Cafe, flip to Backbeat... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published June 5, 2003

    Pretty Girls Make Graves, appearing Sunday, June 8, at Tulagi, with Last Chance Diaries and Against Tomorrow's Sky, is at once menacing and... More >>

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